Martha Catherine Sparks

Martha Catherine Sparks, daughter of James E. and Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch Sparks, was born 1859 Oct in Indiana. Her birth family being covered in another post, this one will be concerned with her life after her marriages. On 1878 June 24, at Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas, Martha married Philemon Thomas. They would have 7 […]

Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick

Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick, twin to Weltha, was born 1884 Dec 13 in Kansas to Samuel McCormick and Mary Elizabeth Sparks. I’ve covered her family history in another post and will pick up here with her marriages. Mandy’s first marriage was to Elmer T. Conner, 1899 Dec 24 in , Chautauqua County, Kansas. MARRIAGE AFFIDAVIT: […]

Mary Elizabeth Sparks

Photoshopped to try to make the photocopy look more like a photo. Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp Image courtesy Francis Partch I’m going to cover a lot of ground here with these families, and it gets a bit complex. Mary Elizabeth Sparks and First Husband Samuel McCormick Mary Elizabeth Sparks was born 1857 June 13 […]

The Sparks Sisters

This image is said to be of the three Sparks sisters, daughters of James E. and Carrie Burch Sparks. On the left is Martha Catherine b. Oct 1859 in Indiana, died 1942 August 14 in , Osage, Oklahoma, buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery. She married Philemon Thomas 1878 June 24 in Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. The […]

Lucas Countyan Posts a Story on the Flood of 1851

Today, Lucas Countyan posts a story on The Flood of 1851 and its effect on Van Buren and other counties in Iowa. The account is one written by a Mr. Hussey and Iowaville is one of the places addressed specifically. No relatives are mentioned, immediate or distant, which, if you think about it, is good, […]

Mention of McKenney Feed Store in Obituary of Employee, Josiah Webb

This was published to the Chautauqua County, Kansas USGenweb site by Frieda Wells. It appeared in the Sedan Times Star on January 24, 1952 * * * * * * * * * * MR. JOSIAH WEBB Josiah J. Webb Dies Saturday, Jan. 19 After Long Illness Josiah J. Webb died Saturday, Jan. 19, after […]

Old Chautauqua County Train Depot

Larry McCombs sent me this photo of an old Chautauqua County, Kansas train station. It’s 72 dpi and no larger than what you see here so there’s not much that can be done with restoration. If one attempts darker tones, even if they belong (and look nicely dramatic), one loses a lot of the detail, […]

James Albert McKenney Family Photo, circa 1922

Photoshopped Original scan. Image courtesy of descendents of Mabel Clair (McKenney) Tripp. Family of James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett. Right to left: Lela, James, Lloyd (in rear), Vera, and Thelma. Making a guess that this was circa 1922 when Lloyd was about 13, Thelma about 11 and Lela about 8. For more information on […]

Timothy John Leahy

Timothy Leahy was a brother of M. D. (Maurice) Leahy who founded and was president of the Freethought University at Liberal, Missouri. The University was founded when Leahy was but about 21 years of age and lasted for two years, dissolving due to some falling out with George Walser, and subsequently being unable to maintain […]

Nellie

The poem, “Nellie”, was written by Doris Julia McKenney, daughter of George Ellis (Bob) McKenney, upon the death of her sister, Nellie. Nellie was a poet. Several of her poems can be found on this website under the tag “poetry by Nellie Adelaide Mckenney”. Doris was born January 5 1908 in Genoa, Minnesota. She married […]

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